The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats cover, a small child bundled in a snow suit standing in the snow

The Snowy Day

Written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

New York, Viking, 1962

9.5" x 8.25"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

This landmark work, winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, is one of the first American picture books to feature a child of color. It is set in an impressionistically rendered version of East New York, Brooklyn, where the artist, born Jacob Ezra Katz, spent his Depression-era childhood. Here, Peter enjoys a carefree day of playing—and grandly making his mark—in the snow. In subsequent books, Keats introduced readers to his young hero's friends and neighbors in an unprecedented exploration of the lives and dreams of inner-city New York children.


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The Snowy Day